htw saar assumes a pioneering role among Germany's strongest research Universities of Applied Sciences. Between 1989 and 1992 the Federal-State Commission's model test for stimulating applied research at universities of applied sciences (SAFF - Stimulierung Anwendungsbezogener Forschung an Fachhochschulen) was implemented at htw saar. Since then it has substantially reinforced its strengths in applied research, in scientifically founded, practice-oriented teaching and in knowledge transfer.
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The htw saar library provides students with access to print and electronic information sources. Each campus has its own library.
In addition to providing students with a high-quality education, htw saar offers a wide variety of leisure and recreational activities both on and off campus. Activities include an extensive sports programme and a wide range of cultural activities such as student drama groups, musical ensembles and choirs. The 'Mensa' - the student refectory - is not only a popular place to eat, it’s also a good place for students to meet. And Saarbrücken also boasts a great range of cafes, bars and parks, where students can hang out and relax.
In order to create a place for students and staff to get together and to generate a feeling of community, htw saar's sports department offers - in cooperation with other universities of the region - a comprehensive sports programme: from Aikido to Yoga.